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Did you know STEP/IGS files are now useful?

November 4th, 2009terms by John Graham

If you’re using Synchronous Technology, you can now treat STEP/IGS files as if you created them in Solid Edge. Previously, and in other CAD systems like Inventor and SolidWorks, you can’t do much with STEP/IGS files beyond the direct editing tools.

In my designer days I would open a STEP file from an outside vendor, need to make a change, but just remodeled it from the beginning because the design intent was different. The “smart” history tree the software created didn’t come close to the way I thought it should be. So I just started from the beginning and created the model so it would be useful for me. What a complete waste of time!! The model was there, but it was useless information for me!

But now, with ST, you can add 3D driving dimensions, move faces, rotate faces, add geometry, etc. And best part is Live Rules finding design intent, and maintaining it throughout the editing process.

When I learned this about ST, a light bulb turned on in my head and my jaw dropped…

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